Are you considering using turmeric for acne scars? Using turmeric for acne treatment is actually one simple way of clearing your skin. The beauty of this is that you can make a mask by mixing different ingredients.
To start off, turmeric has not only been a great spice for food, but has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for many centuries. So, consider it more than just a spice.
Perhaps you have heard reviews about this magic spice and you are interested in trying it. When it comes to many skin conditions such as acne and acne scars, turmeric comes with amazing properties.
Don’t only consider it a great spice and flavor enhancer but a treatment for the skin as well.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a yellow spice that is a herbaceous root most common in southwest India (traditionally known to heal various ailments). Depending on how you like it, it can be used either dry or fresh.
The great thing about turmeric is that it’s really inexpensive and can be found in almost any supermarket. If you have had curry before, there’s a good chance you’ve had turmeric too.
If you’re wondering what makes turmeric different from other spices, it has to do with a main ingredient called Curcumin (which gives the spice the yellow colour)
Curcumin is amazing and is probably the very thing that improves skin conditions. Curcumin is the chemical or substance that is active and a powerful anti-inflammatory tool.
It is also an anti-oxidant. Now you can see why I’m interested in talking about it here. These two properties are crucial to fighting acne.
So, it is the curcumin substance found in turmeric that helps the skin heal naturally. It’s the same when you want vitamin C, what comes first to mind is “oranges” because that’s the main source. In the same way, curcumin is extracted or sourced from turmeric.
But how does turmeric clear up acne scars?
Acne scars are stressful, especially if you’ve just worked at clearing out your skin. So I know how difficult it can be to find a natural way to fade the scars without irritating the skin.
There are different ways to fade acne scars such as using pure MSM but let’s focus on turmeric for acne scars now.
Depending on how deep your acne scars are (yes they vary) can and will determine how long it would take for them to fade away. So the deeper the scars, the more frequent these masks should be used.
Now that you know what turmeric can do, here are some easy at-home natural remedies that can help (they work for all skin types)
Turmeric and water
Water is a natural skin hydrator, and what I love about d.i.y’s is that you get to create natural remedies that are super easy and inexpensive like this one.
You can make an at-home acne scar treatment by just using turmeric and water. Here’s how:
- Get 1 teaspoon of turmeric and a few drops of water to make a paste.
- Apply this paste to the problem areas and allow for it to dry.
- Once dry, you can rinse it off and mositurize the skin.
Turmeric and manuka honey
I’ve written an article gushing about how great manuka honey is. You can have a look at it here diy face wash for acne
Paired with turmeric, the two can do wonders for acne and acne scars. Manuka honey is an antioxidant and a natural skin lightener, so this is good news in clearing acne but also fading acne scars.
Curcumin which was mentioned earlier regulates the melanin in the skin which is responsible for the dark scars and uneven skin you see.
Remember, if you don’t have manuka honey, raw organic honey does the trick as well.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of manuka honey with a teaspoon of turmeric.
- The mixture should turn into a paste.
- After, apply it on the problem areas or all over the skin and massage well.
- Keep it on for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Wash off the paste with lukewarm water and moisturize.
Turmeric and aloe vera
I would be shocked if you haven’t heard or seen aloe vera in most skin and hair care products.
People love what aloe vera can do, especially how it soothes and treats the skin.
Both turmeric and aloe vera are antiseptics and if you have acne, this means it prevents bacteria and soothes irritated skin.
For acne scars, turmeric lightens the skin while aloe vera soothes it.
- Add a tablespoon of turmeric with 1 teaspoon of aloe vera together.
- Apply it all over the face and leave it on for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- You can do this as regularly as possible to see results.
Turmeric and coconut oil
Turmeric has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents which are beneficial for those with active acne breakouts or scars. Coconut oil’s job is to moisturize as well as heal the skin.
It is enriched with Vitamin E which works at repairing skin tissue which is necessary in fading acne scars.
If coconut oil doesn’t work for your skin, jojoba and argan oil are amazing too!
Have a look at the oil cleansing method if you want to incorporate more oils in your skincare.
- Add one teaspoon of turmeric with a tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Mix the mixture together and massage onto face for 5 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and moisturize with your favorite oil.
For better results, do this mixture regularly.
If you’ve never used turmeric before, then I should warn you that it stains. Yes, blame it on the curcumin!
It’s true that turmeric does not joke when it comes to staining clothes and this is what worried me too. If you are worried about walking around with a yellow face, I will take care of that.
Here is what you need to do. Mix your turmeric powder with milk (I’m referring to milk topically here, if you want to understand the role diary plays on the skin, check out my “does diary cause acne” article). That way, it won’t stain your face. Be careful with your clothes and hair because I don’t know if this works also for anything other than the skin.
If you see that stains are still there, take a teaspoon of sugar and add a teaspoon of water. Mix until it forms a syrup consistency. Rub on your face and rinse well. Your face should feel great at this point.
So, don’t worry too much about the stains, it’s normal and temporary. But, what isn’t normal is if you notice your skin is irritated, swollen or red.
Take time to test out turmeric on your arm for a day or two before putting it on your face.
This is important especially if you may be allergic to the spice!
Let us know, how do you prefer to use turmeric? Have you ever used it before?